We don’t like to admit it, but it’s true.
In fact this may be the most unpopular position I’ve ever taken on this blog (although I catch a lot of grief when I call The Evil Spawn “Evil”.)
Educators are bred to dislike everything that is new.
This is understandable because so much new stuff is dumped on us and most of it is easily recognized as junk.
Kind of like the new fall TV season (do we really need a new Tim Allen show?).
NCLB wasn’t thought out (surprise, surprise… when the government is involved).
It wasn’t good for kids.
It was doomed to fail from the very beginning.
And even with all of this, it made us better.
Yes, you heard me right.
Schools, teachers, and administrators have improved significantly 10 years after NCLB was dropped like a big greasy bowl of school spaghetti in their laps .
We may dislike President Bush, mandated testing, and the Department of Education, but if we are honest with ourselves there is only one conclusion.
The world doesn’t need another bad Tim Allen sitcom (I haven’t seen it, so maybe it’s better than I envision… and his movies).
Sorry, there are two conclusions.
The second is NCLB demanded we work harder, pay more attention to curriculum, and made us all more accountable on the local, state, and federal levels.
It was flawed legislation and yet we still improved.
This makes me wonder how much better public education could be if the government actually had a clue about educating kids.